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Weekly Labor Legislative Update on the 87th Texas Legislature
A bill that would clear a path for nurses who contracted COVID-19 to receive Workers’ Compensation coverage (where available) won final passage today in the Texas House.
The Texas House today gave final approval to a labor-backed “Helmets to Hardhats” bill that can help steer military veterans to apprenticeship training programs.
The Texas House voted today to keep a practice that denies many Texas construction workers basic job benefits.

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  The action took place at a special called board meeting, superseding a “no endorsement” decision made at the Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention last month.

Last week the German metalworkers’ union, IG Metall, arguably one of the world’s most powerful unions, showed that unions have the power to shape their future workplaces.  

IG Metall negotiated a precedent-setting collective-bargaining agreement that privileges working conditions over wages. It won its key demand that workers have the right to reduce their working week from 35 to 28 hours for a period of up to two years in order to care for family members.

Organized labor finally got its chance to be heard in the debate about how Connecticut can do a better job competing for business and improving its crisis-prone state finances.

Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay will lead a union delegation in a meeting with the staff of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn tomorrow at his Austin office.

The Texas AFL-CIO COPE rounded out its pre-primary endorsement list by adopting recommendations from central labor bodies across the state to go with endorsements made at the COPE Convention.

  “Speaking through Central Labor Councils and the Area Labor Federation, our affiliates have carefully vetted candidates and endorsed, by at least two-thirds vote, those they believe will build a better Texas for working families,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said.

  The Texas AFL-CIO COPE Convention approved statewide endorsements on Jan. 21.

President Trump's chief trade official Monday offered a modicum of optimism about the ongoing talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, even as he shot down two key Canadian proposals and blasted a recent trade action by Canada as a "massive attack on all of our trade laws."